Judaism

New Interfaith Group in Colorado

January 1, 2003

Source: Rocky Mountain News

On January 1, 2003 Rocky Mountain News reported that "a new clergy group composed of Jews, Christians and Muslims is planning its first interfaith service Sunday dedicated to 'peace and light.' The group, which says it is nonpolitical, will travel to three different worship centers in the Denver area to pray or meditate for world peace and unity. The event begins at 6 p.m. at Rodef Shalom Synagogue, then proceeds to Aurora for a 7 p.m. gathering at Mountain View Community Church, and concludes with an 8 p.m. service at the...

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Chabad Growing on College Campuses

December 27, 2002

Source: The Global News Service of the Jewish People

On December 27, 2002 The Global News Service of the Jewish People reported that "the new Chabad-Lubavitch rabbi, [Rabbi Eitan Webb,] at Princeton University even called those who had visited his home only once for Shabbat dinner, offering holiday wishes and gently asking about their lives... Webb’s devotion offers a glimpse of Chabad’s signature method of outreach — personal attention and devotion to each Jew — that has attracted droves of followers around the country... 'At Chabad we use a...

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Editorial: Building Jewish-Latino Bridges

December 26, 2002

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On December 26, 2002 The San Diego Union-Tribune printed an editorial by Samuel Sokolove and Marty Block that states, "the roots of Latino and Jewish immigration to America are common, as both groups sought refuge and a better life by fleeing persecution, poverty and political turmoil.  In the process, both groups experienced discrimination as foreigners in America, and both groups tend to be socially liberal, fiscally conservative and culturally urbane.  Both groups exalt family ties and cultural traditions, and...

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December: Celebrations and Dilemmas, 2002

December 25, 2002

Source: The Washington Times

On December 25, 2002 The Washington Times reported that "the D.C. Jewish Community Center was bustling yesterday as dozens of volunteers wrapped gifts and cooked meals in preparation for their annual Christmas charity event. 'This is very much in keeping with Tikun Olam, the Jewish tradition of repairing the world,' said William Kreisberg, president of center, in the 1500 block of 16th Street NW. 'December 25th is a perfect day for us to do this. It's not a holiday for us, so we can go into the community and bring cheer to...

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"D" Report Card for Preserving Civil Liberties

December 24, 2002

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=1849

On December 24, 2002 the Religion News Service reported that "a coalition of progressive religious leaders has given the nation's political leaders poor grades for the war on terrorism, including a grade of 'D' for preserving civil liberties... The Progressive Religious Partnership's recent 'Spiritual and Ethical Report Card' was...

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INS Detains Hundreds of Muslim and Middle Eastern Immigrants in California

December 24, 2002

Source: JTA

On December 24, 2002 JTA reported that "ten Iranian Jews holding Israeli citizenship have been released on bail after being detained by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service for several days... The 10 men, together with an unknown number of other Iranian Jews and hundreds of Muslims, were arrested under the USA Patriot Act, which mandates the registration of boys and men from five Muslim countries who are in the United States on temporary visas... The registration is part of a U.S. attempt to track Middle Eastern men living in the...

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More Muslims than Jews or Orthodox Christians in Chicago

December 20, 2002

Source: The Chicago Sun-Times

http://www.suntimes.com/output/religion/cst-nws-relbriefs20.html

On December 20, 2002 The Chicago Sun-Times reported that "new population figures for religious communities in the Chicago area show there are more Muslims living in the area than Jews or Orthodox Christians... The figures, from the National Conference for Community and Justice, are based on statistics submitted to the organization by various religious communities...

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INS Detains Hundreds of Muslim and Middle Eastern Immigrants in California

December 20, 2002

Source: Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/CvlRt_32/4214_32.asp

On December 20, 2002, the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish civil rights group, issued a press release "express[ing] concern regarding the detention and alleged mistreatment of Middle Eastern men and boys in Los Angeles by federal immigration officials. The League urged the Immigration and Naturalization Service to ensure compliance with civil rights laws and to disclose the procedures used in...

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Liberman's Possible Presidential Run

December 20, 2002

Source: The Jerusalem Post

On December 20, 2002 The Jerusalem Post reported that "for Lieberman, the 2000 race illustrated that being Jewish - and observant - was not an impediment to seeking the nation's second-highest office. The Gore-Lieberman ticket won half a million more votes than the Bush-Cheney ticket. There were no outward displays of anti-Semitism. And a sluggish Gore, when he selected Lieberman in August 2000, got a huge boost from the Connecticut senator. The US may indeed have been ready for a Jewish vice president in 2000. A 1999 Gallup...

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Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Dec. 2002

December 19, 2002

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=1843

On December 19, 2002 the Religion News Service reported that "about a dozen religious leaders met with Pentagon officials, including Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, on Wednesday (Dec. 18) for a briefing on the war against terrorism... Clergy participants described the two-hour gathering as a 'good exchange' during which Pentagon officials updated them on their efforts in Afghanistan and...

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Update: Menorah in Cincinnati's Downtown Plaza

December 17, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.fac.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=17318

On December 17, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "the Supreme Court yesterday refused to weigh in on a dispute between the city of Cincinnati and a Jewish organization over the display of a menorah in a downtown plaza... The Court refused to hear the city's arguments that it should be allowed to stop all private groups from using Fountain Square during the holidays. The...

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Islamic Society of Central Florida Urges Unity

December 16, 2002

Source: Orlando Sentinel

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orange/orl-locrally15121502dec15.story

On December 16, 2002 the Orlando Sentinel reported that "Central Florida Muslims welcomed leaders from top Islamic groups across the country to join them... They heard each other's frustrations, shared perspectives and vowed to unify to end discrimination against Florida Muslims. Now, they hope to unite blacks, Christians, Hispanics and...

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Executive Order on Faith-Based Initiatives and Some Responses

December 12, 2002

Source: The Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/CvlRt_32/4210_32.asp

On December 12, 2002 The Anti-Defamation League reported that "Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement: 'While we welcome the President's remarks making it clear that he supports the Constitutional mandate requiring that no federal funds be used to directly support inherently religious activities, we are very concerned that the Executive Order he signed will...

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